Little lemon, almond and polenta cakes

Urban Food Fortnight, that two week waltz through the community gardens of London is over and I am laid up in bed with the kind of cold that only hits when you stop working, have a sit down and let your immune [...]

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Baked Alaskas

On March 23, 2013 By

Baked Alaska all for me

The trouble with having curly hair is that I wake up most mornings looking like a Bichon Frisé that’s licked a socket. I have a halo of brambles that neither comb, mousse or hairspray can control.

This Medusan tangle is at its worst [...]

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Chocolate, raspberry and French pastry pudding ready for the oven

Necessity is not simply the po-faced, thrift-obsessed mother of invention. She’s also the saucily winking, good-time godmother of puddings. Many a cook has stood in his/her kitchen staring at a stale loaf of bread or a black heap [...]

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Buttermilk buckwheat pancakes 2

I don’t know why I bought a bag of buckwheat flour. I’m sure, at the time, I was full of brilliant buckwheat-based ideas. I expect I was on the cusp of sparking a buckwheat revolution that would sweep the country and have everyone saying how glad they were I’d [...]

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A quire of paper

Looking for a way to impress the crowds on Shrove Tuesday? Then abandon those familiar, sturdy pancakes for a stack of sheet-thin crêpes made mostly from cream, butter and sherry. Next to impossible to turn or flip, but like eating buttery, boozy air when they work. Click

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St Clement’s tart

On November 24, 2010 By

St Clement’s tart

I am a hoarder of scraps. The bits of food that don’t amount to a meal in themselves and that are a bit difficult to combine in a recipe, but which are edible and therefore can’t be thrown out until oozing and black.

A couple of weeks ago I had [...]

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Szechuan peppercorn ice cream

I am a herd beast and when all other food bloggers go mad for Szechuan food, I go mad for Szechuan food too. I order the crispy pig’s intestines and shovel the crunchy-soft offal into my gullet, savouring the chilli heat and the peppercorn numbness. And [...]

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Bay and lemon rice pudding

Spring either began on the 1st of March or it’s about to begin on the 20th-21st March. Whichever side of this fierce seasonal debate you fall on, it remains a fact that March is hammering on the windows, ripping through the hedges, trying to blow down our fence posts [...]

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Cider pancakes with buttered apples

When I was 9 years old I ate 7 and a 1/2 pancakes on Pancake Day. Obviously, I was sick a few hours later, but in my own childish way I’d stayed true to the spirit of Shrove Tuesday. I’d gorged and feasted. I celebrated [...]

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Medieval rice pudding

If you’ve made and eaten your medieval Chicken in cumin sauce, you’re probably thinking to yourself: “That was a fairly filling plate of meat, bread and vegetables but what I need right now is a pudding so calorific it will sink me like an overburdened container ship.” Fortunately [...]

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